About

Robert is a composer living in Boston, MA. He co-founded the Sleeping Giant composer collective and co-directs the Times Two Series. Send me emails at rhonstein@gmail.com !

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Events Calendar

  • Sa 6.3.17: Arctic @ AMF
  • Su 6.4.17: Requiem @ DPO
  • We 6.14.17: DDB @ Geneva
  • Fr 6.23.17: WAYNA @ HERE
  • Sa 6.24.17: WAYNA @ HERE
  • Su 6.25.17: WAYNA @ HERE
  • Su 6.3.18: Night Scenes @ DPO
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Book of Hours

SATB + Chamber Orchestra (Fl., Cl., Hrn., Tbn., Perc., Pno., Strings) – 25 minutes

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Book of Hours takes its inspiration from an artist book stitched on tissue paper by Laura Grey. Loosely following the structure of a medieval book of hours, the project reimagines the ancient prayerbook as a large, hand-stitched, table-sized book. Several texts from various sources are collaged together, creating a narrative that references the structure of the original, while offering a contemporary perspective on the practice of daily devotion.

Often when looking inward we encounter a volatile and turbulent space: memories, worries, cares, visions, and dreams clash with wide-ranging emotions of sometimes great intensity. Book of Hours enters this space. Wistful childhood memories lead to a joyful outburst of song in the first movement, Now now now now. A quiet meditation on time in the second movement, A thin layer of time, is rudely interrupted by the angry outburst of Why had we even bothered? followed by a short instrumental interlude of equally violent intensity. In Alone on a roof a sense of deep loneliness dissolves into the final movement, Timor Mortis. A layering of text from Shakespeare’s Macbeth and a fragment from the Catholic Office of the Dead, Timor Mortis concludes the work with a quiet prayer, gently accepting fear in the face of an uncertain future and unpredictable fate.

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This piece was commissioned by the Present Music Commission Club for its landmark 35th season. Milwaukee, WI, USA, www.presentmusic.org, 2016.